Czech Republic and Wales look set to battle it out for 2nd and 3rd place in Group E of the World Cup qualifiers as they both have 7pts on the board, while the group leaders Belgium are way out in front on 16pts. Wales might have beaten Czech Republic back in March but they head to Eastern Europe without their talisman Gareth Bales who is injured.
Football Whisper's Predictions for Czech Republic vs Wales
Here are our predictions for Czech Republic vs Wales
- Football Whispers Prediction one: Full-Time Result – Czech Republic to Win @ 7/10
- Football Whispers Prediction two: Total Goals – Under 2.5 Goals @ 8/15
- Football Whispers Prediction three: Correct Score – 2-0 to Czech Republic @ 11/2
*Odds from Ladbrokes are subject to change
Czech Republic to Win
Czech Republic have only hosted Wales once before and on that occasion the home side ran out 2-1 winners. The Czechs gave a very good account of themselves at Euro 2020, particularly striker Patrik Schick, and we're backing the home side to secure all 3pts against a Bale-less Wales. Wales have failed to score in four of their last five international matches and without Bale in their side, they find scoring goals much harder to do.
Under 2.5 Goals
Three of the four previous meetings between these two nations have produced under 2.5 goals and we're expecting another low-scoring affair on Friday night. Four of Czech Republic's and four of Wales' last six matches in all competitions have also featured fewer than three goals and without Bale to rely upon, we just can't see this game producing more than 2-goals.
2-0 to Czech Republic
As far as a final scoreline is confirmed, we're going with a comfortable 2-0 victory for Czech Republic. The hosts don't score a lot of goals in general and Wales have a decent defensive record, all of which points to a low-scoring 90-minutes on Friday. Add into the mix that Wales are without their star player Bale and you can see why we don't fancy the visitors to score in this game.
Czech Republic vs Wales: Stats, Markets & Odds
Can Wales secure the win that would take them into 2nd place in Group E?
Czech Republic just managed to scrape a draw in their last game at home to Ukraine but needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Vydra. Kornienko opened the scoring for the visitors in the 27th-minutes and that goal looked to have been enough to win the game until Czech Republic's pressure eventually lead to the last gasp equaliser.
Wales couldn't find a way past the Estonia defence in their last World Cup qualifier, despite having the home advantage. Scoring goals is a much bigger issue for this Welsh side than keeping them out at the other end. There is no Bale to rely upon this week and this could be a good time for some of Wales' younger players to step up and make a name for themselves.
Wayne Hennessey (Burnley), Danny Ward (Leicester City), Adam Davies (Stoke City), Chris Gunter (Charlton Athletic), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Connor Roberts (Burnley), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Joe Rodon (Tottenham Hotspur), Neco Williams (Liverpool), James Lawrence (St. Pauli), Ben Cabango (Swansea City), Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Joe Allen (Stoke City), Harry Wilson (Fulham), Jonny Williams (Swindon Town), Ethan Ampadu (Venezia), Joe Morrell (Portsmouth), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Matthew Smith (Hull City), Dylan Levitt (Dundee United), Will Vaulks (Cardiff City), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City), Sorba Thomas (Huddersfield Town), Daniel James (Leeds United), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Mark Harris (Cardiff City).
Q&A – Czech Republic vs Wales
- Who are the favourites to win? – Czech Republic are the clear favourites.
- What was the score when these two teams last met? – Wales 1-0 Czech Republic, 30/3/21.
- What time is kick-off? – 19:45 GMT, 20:45 CET.